Stanford opens up his book with his prologue: “Save the Apes!” which serves as a thesis to his entire argument. He shows readers how similar we are to the...
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...till committing ethnocide of the apes. Because of our intervention in the apes’ habitats and life, we are interfering with their culture. By logging and cutting down trees, captivating them for labs, and spreading diseases, we are essentially killing the apes and their culture. Stanford ends his book, with “May There Always be Apes.” In this epilogue, Stanford says that the fates of the apes are in our hands and how their population ends up is all dependent on us. I believe he writes this book to persuade readers and the audience to do the right choice – to protect our closet kins. He hopes that there will always be apes. With this, we conclude the journey with Stanford and the apes. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions – empathy, anger, pity, and hopefulness. Stanford does an excellent job of showing us why apes need to be saved, rather than just telling us.
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